« on: June 16, 2012, 11:03:34 PM »
Ok, thanks guys.
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I would suggest spot metering and ignore the blown backgrounds if that was possible
Else this is time for M mode by taking a few sample shots before the action starts. This will give you opportunity to get the best compromise
I've just taken the plunge and bought a secondhand 24-105L to replace my secondhand 28-135mm. Have I done the right thing? As I'm waiting for the L to arrive at the beginning of the week I'm wondering just how much better is the L than the 28-135? Suppose I'm looking for reassurance really. I've read loads of reviews, forum posts (here and elsewhere) and anything else I could find about both lenses and have come to the conclusion that for 100 posts there will be 100 different opinions! I am most concerned about the upgrade of the optical quality since my camera body isn't weather sealed having a weather sealed lens seems a bit of an unnecessary luxury. I've only tried out the L in Jessops so haven't had much experience of it though everyone raves about it. Replacing the lens with one of similar length seemed the best thing as the 28-135 was a good choice. I don't tend to shoot wide (landscapes etc) so even on a crop body the reach suits me.
I'm selling the old lens on eBay since the local independent camera shop only does secondhand sales at a whopping 25% commission and the photography section on Craigslist doesn't appear to have a lot of activity in this locality.
I just hope I don't regreat spending the extra cash.
I hardly use my 50mm 1.4 because I have the 1.2. I just keep it as a backup. My 1 year old daughter managed to pick it up while it was out of my bag and it dropped on the hard wood floor. When I picked it up I discovered the rear element had popped out. I pushed it back in and it snapped into place. After a short test the lens seems to be focusing and working just fine. Does anyone know if that the rear element is just pressed into place or when it fell did it break something I don't know about? I hate to rely on it one day and find out it is broken but I also hate to send it in if it is fine. Anyone know?
There's a thread elsewhere about some Euro football shooter that is using the 1DX. Does he complain anywhere about no longer having a 1.3x crop? No. All he cares about is the autofocus performance and frame rate. Wonder of wonders.
I can't follow the logic of your threads - one minute you are advocating APS-C because of the reach now you are talking about ff. My difficulty is understanding why you are so anti APS-H - and assume I am a APD-H fanboy when you consider that I only bought it October 2011 as an upgrade to the 7D.
From my ownership of both the 7D I am suggesting a replacement for the 7D as a APS-H super sports camera not a replacement for the 1DX. I would be interested to know whether 7D owners would like to upgrade to:
- twin CF slots
- 42 point AF
- AF point metering
All these features would be available by migrating down the technology from the 1D4. Not a big deal and from my experience a very valid suggestion.
Most Weddings are dark.
If its dark, you need lens speed.
If you want speed, there are good, cheap primes or very expensive zooms.
Primes are faster than 2.8 but are more limiting. Zooms that are 2.8 are more expensive.
Prime setup for wedding work.
24L II or 28 1.8
50mm 1.2L or 50mm 1.4
135mm f2L or 100mm f2
70-200 2.8 L II.
Both are capable setups, primes offer raw speed for less $$$ and zooms convenience. A mixed bag will increase weight of either option.
Pick your poison.
Yes, that lens is superb, compared to L quality, if not equal and better at some cases, Ive read really good reviews about it, plus its wide.
But I do plan to move FF one day. I can always keep the 60D and the 17 55 for back up.
So I've decided to get into the pro wedding business for real. I got to know a guy who - if my luck persists - will tell me the tricks of the local trade and coach me through my first contracts.
Until now, I shot purely for fun and learning, and now have a general idea where the shutter button is located. But in the future it'll business all over, at least that's the idea. And while it'll take a while to set me up, I'll have to get my new working gear now to become familiar with it, while keeping the cost-income relationship somewhat sane.
- Conditions: From what I'm hearing, the basic idea when starting out is to get the job done, capture the important moments, the atmosphere and to get shots of all guests and esp. the relatives, so everyone is happy. The clients I'll be acquiring when starting off won't be concerned with corner sharpness, complicated flash setups or life-size prints.
- My current gear: I've got the 60d as a backup body and the 100L for portraits, might be nice as a 160/2.8 on the crop body, too. I don't think the 70-300L is adequate for weddings, but from what I'm hearing, the local conditions don't necessarily call for a $2000+ 70-200 anyway. I'll have to get an uwa & some 24-70 lens and might ask about this in a separate thread - but with what body/flash?
BODY: I'll need a somewhat affordable high-iso ff body, so a 5d seems to make sense.
- 5d2. It's half the price of the successor, and if using focus/recompose people seem to have used this successfully for wedding occasions.
- 5d3. It's said to have higher iso performance, but looking at the raw samples I hardly can see an improvement? Is better awb, more fps (or quiet shutter), dual cards and the updated af system a noticeable improvement for weddings?
FLASH: For wedding run & gun, I guess I'll need one fast recycling flash with a battery pack, so my 430ex2 won't suffice. While shooting w/o flash might be preferable, as far as I understand it there's hardly any way around it.
- 580ex2. Isn't sold new anymore, and obsolete ir technology. Seems to have a bug when using hss extensively. But great if combined with 3rd party triggers, esp. since these can trigger dumb ttl flashes, too.
- 600rt. This is currently the must-have choice for the 5d3, but seems to be compatible with the 5d2 as well - and except the price there are no drawbacks (it can work with 3rd party triggers too)?